After nearly 30 years as the President of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak finally decided to step down to end an 18 day old protest. The Associated Press takes a look at the career of the former Egyptian leader.
Congressman John Lewis, made this statement today after hearing news of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.
“What we have witnessed in Egypt today is nothing short of a non-violent revolution. The peacefulness of this transition on the streets of Cairo is a testament to the people of Egypt—to the discipline of the protestors and the military—who resisted any temptation to descend into brutality. They demonstrated so eloquently the power of peace to persistently broadcast their message of change.
“As a nation and as a people, especially this nation which found its own beginnings in a revolutionary movement, we must always try to find ourselves on the just side of budding movements of non-violent change. We must always give credence to any effort that leads to a more truly democratic world society that values the dignity and the worth of every human being. We must always nurture and empower movements which respect freedom of the press, freedom of worship, freedom of assembly, and the inalienable right to dissent.”
A rally called by local Egyptian-Americans before today’s historic events will continue as scheduled at 1-3 p.m. this Saturday, February 12, at CNN corner, 190 Marietta St. NW – but with a new theme. “We will celebrate the end of the brutal 30-year-old Mubarak dictatorship,” said Sam Abdelaziz, an organizer of the local action. “The people of Egypt have shown their power, and achieved a great victory. But we know this is only the first step on the road to real democracy in Egypt.